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MUTULA'S DEATH WAS NATURAL, SAY POLICE

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY STAR TEAM

The late Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo died of natural causes, according to a preliminary autopsy report by the police.

Mutula was found dead in his Maanzoni home on Saturday, April 27. His memorial service will be held today at Baptist Church Ngong Road ahead of the burial tomorrow at his Woyani home in Mbooni, Makueni constituency.

The report, which was being finalized yesterday, ruled out foul play. The report says that Mutula's internal organs had traces of blood and that he suffered from high blood pressure.

 He was taking various types of medication for various conditions. There has been considerable speculation in social media about the pills found next to his bed.

However the only pills that were found in his bedroom were called Lipitor, a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.

 Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, is one of the best selling drugs in the world. The police said the late senator once had a blood clot in his head that also made it necessary for him to take blood thinning pills.

 The police report also says that Mutula had developed tuberculosis and was on treatment for it by the time he passed away. His doctor Luke Musau of Nairobi Hospital reportedly prescribed the TB treatment.

 Four people at the house were interviewed including his cook, farmhand, farm manger and supervisor who recorded statements with the police.

Media speculation centred on an unnamed 'fifth person' but the police told the Star yesterday that the fifth person interviewed was the the butcher who sold the meat that was roasted for Mutula.

The official postmortem report is expected in seven to nine weeks after specimens have been subjected to thorough tests. If necessary, some may be flown out of the country, according to family sources.

The official postmortem was done on Tuesday last week by government pathologist, Dr. Johansen Oduor, British pathologist, Dr Ian Madison Calder and five others in the presence of Dr Luke Musau of Nairobi Hospital, Dr Emily Rogena, and Dr Ian Madison.

The pathologists reportedly looked carefully at Mutula's lungs where they found fluid and blood traces that were consistent with death from natural causes.

They have so far examined Mutula's intestines, liver, kidney and brain in effort to establish the cause of death.

"His intestines have no trace of any poison or foreign substances further reinforcing the opinion by the police that Mutula could have died from natural causes," added one pathologist.

 The cook has told the police in his statement that he ate some of the meat served to Mutula and did not have any problem. Police investigators have concluded that the senator died as a result of complications related to hypertension, TB and excessive bleeding.

 However police are still waiting for further results from the Government Chemist. Investigators forwarded to the chemist various samples including an empty bottle of Pepsi found in the senator’s bedroom, vomit samples, and clothes and bedding from his bedroom.

They also sent a piece of the leftover meat that Mutula had for supper and a container with six white Lipitor tables that were to be taken once three times a day.

According to the police, workers at Mutula's home said that the senator was alone at the time of his death and that there was no visitor on that night. Police are also analyzing the mobile phone of the senator to find out who he spoke to before his death.

Two CID units have been assigned to investigate Mutula's death. The main investigation team is based at CID headquarters, Kiambu road and comprises of officers from the Homicide Unit, a senior assistant commissioner of police from the Investigation branch and a superintendent of police from the CID operations. A second team of investigators from the Machakos CID office is headed by the area CID chief.